|Welcome to the internet site of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as OPA or simply "P&A"). P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut. Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to:
- provide information, referral, and advocacy services;
- pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination;
- investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and,
- provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.
|Thursday, December 12, 2013|
|Prevention of Restraint and Seclusion in CT’s Schools: Putting Principles into Practice|
| ||An educational forum for Policymakers, Educators, and Parents. This Forum will provide an overview by renowned experts of the national landscape regarding restraint and seclusion practices and reform initiatives.|
|Tuesday, November 12, 2013|
|A Place to Live that I Can Call Home|
| ||Finding Available, Affordable and Accessible Housing in Connecticut.
During this training you will learn about housing options in CT and how to work toward obtaining your own.
Please check the OPA Calendar of Events for a training in your area.
|Tuesday, February 26, 2013|
|Why Do So Many Disability Groups Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide?|
| ||In 2009, a proposal that would have legalized Physician Assisted Suicide was introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly. The language of that proposal paralleled legislation being pursued in other states by Compassion and Choices, a successor organization to the Hemlock Society. When the proposal was withdrawn without a public hearing, Compassion and Choices moved to the Courts, seeking a judicial ruling that provisions of the Connecticut Statutes prohibiting assisting a person to commit suicide should not be applied to physicians who write lethal prescriptions for their patients. Their lawsuit was dismissed. Now, in 2013, it appears that another attempt to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide is being made in Connecticut. While the details of the current proposals are unavailable as of this writing, they will likely be similar to proposals that are being pursued in other states – proposals that have drawn stiff opposition from disability advocates in those states.
Proponents of legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide argue that it’s all about compassion and personal autonomy.|
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